Applications Programmer Salary

Applications Programmers in the United States take home an average $61K annually. Overall cash earnings for Applications Programmers stretch from $36K on the lower end to $99K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $5K from bonuses and $8K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Applications Programmers. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Making up 79 percent of those who took the survey, male Applications Programmers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,234 - $99,536
$40K
$62K
$100K
MEDIAN: $62,099
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$12.96 - $44.38
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$0$99K
Salary $40,234 - $99,536
Bonus $125.00 - $7,250
Profit Sharing $251.68 - $8,266
Total Pay (?
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$36,821 - $99,493
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 159
Hourly Data $0$59
Hourly Rate $12.96 - $44.38
Overtime $0.00 - $59.29
Annual Data $0$99K
Bonus $125.00 - $7,250
Profit Sharing $251.68 - $8,266
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$36,821 - $99,493
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 58

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Job Description for Applications Programmer

Companies that develop and/or design software solutions or applications - whether they are used for business, entertainment, or some mix of both - are typical employers for applications programmers. The programmer performs coding, compiling, and even some initial testing when developing a new application or updating and revising an existing one. Typically, with larger companies, an application programmer works as part of a team in development, design, or web applications. The programmer must be proficient with a variety of computer languages, usually specified by the employer posting the job. For companies actively developing for platforms such as iOS or Android, an applications programmer also need to be familiar with the use of relevant development kits and tools as well.

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Applications Programmer Tasks

  • Write, modify, and debug software for client applications.
  • Write code to create single-threaded or user interface event driven applications, either stand-alone and those which access servers or services.
  • Use source debuggers and visual development environments.
  • Test and document software for client applications.
  • Write, modify, and debug software for web sites.

Common Career Paths for Applications Programmer


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Applications Programmers may progress into high-paying roles like Senior Software Engineer, where median compensation is $94K annually. Becoming a Programmer Analyst or a Senior Programmer Analyst is a common transition from an Applications Programmer role.

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Popular Skills for Applications Programmer


Survey results imply that Applications Programmers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in UNIX, Oracle, JavaScript, and PL/SQL are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 19 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include C# Programming Language, .NET, and C++ Programming Language. For most people, competency in .NET indicates knowledge of SQL and ASP.NET.

Pay by Experience Level for Applications Programmer

Pay by Experience for an Applications Programmer has a positive trend. An entry-level Applications Programmer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 130 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Applications Programmer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 65 salaries. An experienced Applications Programmer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $81,000 based on 50 salaries. An Applications Programmer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 23 salaries.

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Key Stats for Applications Programmer

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Applications Programmer Salaries

▲33%

Late-Career
▲31%

▲20%

National Average
$61,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Applications Programmer Salaries

UNIX
▲17%

Oracle
▲4%

▲3%

PL/SQL
▲3%

▼0%

National Average
$61,000

C#
▼3%

▼4%

▼4%

C++
▼5%

Microsoft Access
▼6%

SQL
▼8%


C++ Programming Language
▼8%

▼9%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
no benefits
None: 17%
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